A benefit of the 4-H Military Partnerships is the joint development of high quality curriculum materials in a wide variety of program areas. The curricula are valuable resources for youth programs and professional development for 4-H and military staff. All curriculum pieces are available for download and may be reproduced for military and extension use.

4-H 101 Army Resources

The resources on this page were used at the Army 4-H 101 Training in Columbia, Maryland in March 2010. If you have questions about these resources, please contact Marlene VerBrugge at glass@ksu.edu or 785-532-1484.

4-H Army Express Guides & Training Topics

The Express Guides provide an overview of a 4-H project; while, the Training Topics give staff hands-on experience as they explore a specific activity. These sessions have been designed to follow the Experiential Learning Model where staff experience an activity, process what happened, and plan how they will use the curriculum with children and youth in the program.

Adult Babysitting

The 4-H/Army Child, Youth and School Services Adult Babysitter Training Curriculum “I have what it takes to be a caring, competent, and responsible Babysitter” is comprised of a Facilitator Guide, a Set of Participant Handouts and an Information Card designed for qualified 4-H and military Child and Youth program staff to train adults to babysit. The curriculum is divided into 9 chapters. Adults learn about the ages and stages of child growth and development, safety, food and nutrition, how to handle emergencies, implementing appropriate activities with children and the business of babysitting. Successful completion of the course includes 8 hours of First Aid and CPR, 2 hours of Child Abuse Awareness training and a local background check.

Character Education

Both 4-H and Army Child, Youth and School Services are members of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition. The CHARACTER COUNTS! framework is built upon the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Integrating the CHARACTER COUNTS! framework helps enrich 4-H programming. Through adult role modeling and deliberate discussions on how projects relate to character, 4-H’ers consciously learn to be caring, responsible citizens, skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Character Connections help your 4-H participants make the “Character Connections” to their 4-H projects. Within the curriculum supplement, you will find information about teaching young people in informal settings, how young people best learn, and the Experiential Model for Education, or the 4-H motto, “Learning by Doing”. Finally, you will find individual “Character Connections” activities that have been written specifically for your 4-Hers. These all include information about how each of the Six Pillars of Character relate to each 4-H project area, activity ideas that relate to the activities in the project literature, and discussion questions to help your 4-H’ers think about the activities and make the “Character Connection.”

CYSTEKWARE Activities

These materials were developed in support of increasing youth participation in Army, Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) Middle School and Teen programs. Each guide has at least six CORE activity plans developed around a specific topic or theme – to create a Technology Program. Each activity plan follows the 4-H Experiential Learning Model.

Yellow Ribbon Curriculum

The Deployment Cycle Youth Outreach Activity guides provide easy to use activity plans for volunteers and Military Child & Youth professional staff working with youth kindergarten through 12th grade from all Service Branches; keyed to grade appropriate life skill development and developed for 2 hour and 4 hour settings.  Curriculum includes 60 fun, quality experiential learning experiences linked to four phases of the deployment cycle (pre-deployment, during mobilization, 30 & 60 days after reunion).

There is a toolkit which provides the durable equipment needed to conduct all of these activities.  The Toolkits may be available through UGA Extension Military Outreach.

The curriculum also includes a Training Guide to equip volunteers for implementing youth activities.  This curriculum supports the Joint Family Assistance Program.

For more information on the Yellow Ribbon curriculum, contact us at oper4h@uga.edu or 706-542-4444.

Preparing the Youth Development Professional

This newly revised curriculum (formerly Moving Ahead) is a comprehensive staff development training that provides an overview of the competencies needed for those choosing to work with young people in out-of-school settings. These include understanding critical needs and competencies, methods of non-formal education, addressing risk and building protective factors, dealing with differences, conflict resolution, programming for developmental needs, understanding negative and self-destructive behaviors, and forgoing youth and adult partnerships.

Ready, Set, Go! Training Manual

The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG!) Training Manual was developed for distribution to state, regional and local teams and key military, school & community stakeholders via coordinated regional and local training efforts to increase understanding of the unique issues facing military youth dealing with the deployment and reintegration of a parent or loved one.

These manuals cover a variety of issues surrounding the effects of deployments on children and are an excellent tool in developing support networks for these young people.  The manual is broken into chapters and provide pertinent information such as an introduction to the military and it’s customs and culture, the five steps of the deployment process, dealing with the media, fostering resilience in young people and building a community capacity to support military kids.

Anticipated outcomes of this manual and accompanying training include:

  • Providing participants with hands-on practical information to assist them in building capacity to educate communities about local issues related to supporting military kids currently coping with the stress of knowing their parents or loved ones are in harms way.
  • Supporting participants with planning, implementation, and facilitation of training at the state, regional and local levels to increase understanding and support for National Guard, Reserve and other military youth impacted by the current global war on terrorism.

 

Sesame Street: Talk, Listen, Connect

A multiphase outreach initiative to help kids five and under through deployments, combat-related injuries, and the death of a loved one. Videos, storybooks, and workbooks especially created for this program guide families through these tough transitions by showing how real families — as well as furry monsters — deal with similar circumstances.

More TLC ResourcesMore Sesame Street for Military Families Resources

Up for the Challenge: Lifetime Fitness, Healthy Decisions

“Up for the Challenge” is a fitness, nutrition and health curriculum for school-aged, middle school and teen youth. It was written for military afterschool programs but is easily adaptable to any afterschool or 4-H club setting. The 290-page curriculum is divided into five chapters with each chapter containing multiple lessons in physical activity, nutrition and healthy decision making. Lessons range in scope and length from 30-60 minute nutrition and/or physical activities to a multi-week wellness event. Each lesson provides expected youth outcomes, instructor essential information, preparation instructions, supplies, lesson time, handouts and opportunities for reflection.

Youth Babysitting

The 4-H/Army Child, Youth and School Services Teen Babysitter Curriculum “I have what it takes to be Your Babysitter” is comprised of a Facilitator Guide, A Student Guide with supplementing CD Rom, a set of Student Worksheets and an Information Card designed for qualified 4-H and military Child & Youth program staff to train teens, aged 13-18 in Babysitting Skills. The curriculum is divided into 8 Chapters. Teens learn about the ages and stages of child growth and development, safety, food and nutrition, how to handle emergencies, appropriate activities to implement with children, and the business of babysitting. Successful completion of the course includes 8 hours of First Aid and CPR.  Graduates receive a Certificate and wallet card.

The 4-H/Army Child, Youth and School Services Adult Babysitter Training Curriculum “I have what it takes to be a caring, competent, responsible Babysitter” is comprised of a Facilitator Guide, a Set of Participant Handouts and an Information Card designed for qualified 4-H and military Child and Youth program staff to train adults to babysit. The curriculum is divided into 9 chapters. Adults learn about the ages and stages of child growth and development, safety, food and nutrition, how to handle emergencies, implementing appropriate activities with children and the business of babysitting. Successful completion of the course includes 8 hours of First Aid and CPR, 2 hours of Child Abuse Awareness training and a local background check.

Other Resources

  • 4-H 101: The Basics of Starting a 4-H Club
    • The newly revised 4-H 101 is designed to be a general overview and resource guide for youth development staff or volunteers who are starting new 4-H clubs or working with existing clubs. 4-H 101 merges the basic concepts and principles of effective youth development delivered in a non-formal (out-of-school) setting with the “nuts and bolts” information needed to manage a 4-H program.
  • 4-H 201: Sessions
    • 4-H 201 is comprised of sessions designed to take your 4-H military partnership to the next level. The sesions build on the concepts of 4-H 101 curriculum and were developed to create expanded opportunities to promote positive youth development programming in 4-H clubs.
  • 3, 2, 1… Action! Videography
    • The overall objective of this workshop is to give participants an overall understanding of videography by learning the skills and techniques necessary to create great movies. Participants will be involved with interactive activities that will teach them the techniques of scripting, storyboarding, and filming. Editing, final cut, and rendering the video will be covered, but interactive participation will be in the computer lab. Focus will be writing a script, talking techniques, creating a storyboard and why, camera basics, filming techniques, basics of film and audio editing, final cut, and rendering. Participants will also learn about the various roles or jobs that are a part of most video productions and how they interact with each other. The handbook consists of an instructor’s guide, skills guide, lesson plans, activities, ice-breakers, and several sample forms. Even though this handbook was written for a one-week workshop, the lesson plans can be easily presented separately.
  • 4-H / CYSS Camp Planning Handbook
    • This Camp Management Handbook serves as a guide for Army CYSS Services personnel in planning, preparing, implementing, and assessing a camp program. The guide focuses on the more complex needs of camp; however, many components apply to planning day camps.
  • Air Force Camping Guide
    • This resource has been specifically designed for the development of day, specialty, residential, and adventure camp programs. Materials cover aspects of program planning, preparation, and implementation of camping programs targeted to youth ages 5 to 18.
  • DoD / USDA Partnerships Tech Discovery Curriculum
    • The Tech Discovery Curriculum was designed for 5th – 12th grade military connected youth from all branches of service. It is focused on developing life skills and increased resiliency supporting military connected families during times of deployment and reintegration back into normal life. The curriculum includes 35 youth and family educational experiences that focus on building skills in Communication, Teamwork, Self-Responsibility, Decision Making, and Problem Solving while at the same time supporting enhancement of youth resilience in their emotional, social, family, and spiritual (their set of beliefs, principles, and values that give them strength) realms.
  • Enhancing Your Youth Program with Service Learning
    • This guide is designed for use by youth development professionals working with middle and high school students in the realm of Service Learning. The manual is full of ideas to help enhance service learning projects. These ideas can be used with military and 4-H youth development programs.
  • Experience, Operation: Military Kids
    • “Experience, Operation: Military Kids, Activity Plans for Kids to Use Before, During and After Loved Ones are Deployed” was created by the University of Minnesota Extension Service under the guidance of Jim Deidrick, 4-H Extension Educator from the University of Minnesota.”Experience, Operation: Military Kids” contains a number of activity plans that can be easily and quickly implemented in a variety of settings for youth ages kindergarten through twelfth grade.
  • Hero Packs Guide
    • Hero Packs are backpacks filled with a variety of items which are given to suddenly military youth as a thanks for the sacrifices that they make while their parents are deployed.Hero Packs serve as a tangible expression of support for military families from their communities. Hero Packs are backpacks filled by non-military youth with mementos and items designed to help connect kids with their deployed parent. They are a way to hand-deliver a salute to military children & youth for their strength and sacrifices while parents are deployed. A Hero Pack project involves youth groups and adults in a valuable community service effort that also builds awareness and fosters community support for geographically dispersed military families.Organizations interested in building Hero Packs for distribution to youth can contact UGA Extension Military Outreach at oper4h@uga.edu for information on materials. The lesson plan provides ideas on organizing a Hero Pack build.
  • Mobile Technology Lab
    • Mobile Technology Labs (MTL) are computers and associated equipment for use with a variety of programs in support of military youth.These labs can be used to support programs such as Speak Out for Military Kids and a variety of events around the state.  An excellent use of the labs is a means for youth to stay connected to their parents during a deployment.  A child would be able to video tape a message, burn it to DVD, create a card and package the entire production for mailing.  The labs can also be incorporated into training programs for the Ready, Set, Go! Training.To request use of the Mobile Technology Lab, please contact us at oper4h@uga.edu.
  • Speak Out for Military Kids
    • Speak Out For Military Kids (SOMK) is a core program of Operation: Military Kids (2007-2015).  Essentially SOMK is a youth led speakers bureau than incorporates both military and non-military youth.  The purpose of the program is to empower youth with the knowledge, life skills and abilities to educate communities and groups to the effects of deployments on military kids.  This manual provides training ideas to begin an SOMK program in your state or community.
  • Youth Leadership Forums
    • “Successful” programs meet or exceed the planers’ goals, involve youth as resources, showcase Army values and minimize risk. This Handbook outlines Army CYS Services standards and expectations, shows how to involve youth in the planning process, and identifies leadership expectations for CYS Services professionals conducting these programs.

Contact

Casey Mull
319 Hoke Smith Annex
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone:706-542-4444
Fax: 706-542-4373
mullcd2@uga.edu